NeuroDiversity & Therapy
Following assessment, it may be of benefit to have sessions for the following:
For further and specific psychoeducation on NeuroDiversity
Coaching (e.g. social skills, executive functioning improvement skills)
Redefining life and career goals
To assist with the adjustment to 'diagnosis' post assessment
To adjust to stressors with new ways of NeuroDiverse friendly coping strategies
To work with partners, family and friends of NeuroDiverse individuals to aid in better relationships and understanding for NeuroDiverse individuals.
Treatment for psychological presentations such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, addictions, etc under the new lens of NeuroDiversity.
Individual Therapy for NeuroDiverse Clients
Therapy for neurodiverse clients involves a slightly different perspective than for 'neuro typical', in that it is important to understand how neurodiversity brings forth unique complexities alongside a unique set of strengths and skills within the context of life challenges. Having a sound understanding of subtle differences and how to identify if a neurological overload is occurring, is vital for providing useful therapy strategies (e.g.- shut downs versus a depressive episode).
There are three key aspects of the initial session.
The first is to discuss the key issues that have led you to seek therapy. It is important to have an understanding of the broader aspects of your life (e.g., support netwrok, general history, your strengths, your coping style) as well as specifics (e.g., the issue itself, or symptoms).
The second is to identify key goals that you would like to achive by engaging in the therapeutic process. By doing this, it means that both yourself as the client and myself as the therapist are working towards the same outcomes in a collaborative, transparent manner.
The third aspect of the first session, is for you to get a sense of whether myself as a therapist is a good match for you. A good therapeutic connection is very important.
Following sessions focus on achieving the therapeutic goals, and may include therapeuitic approaches such as psychoeducation, 'CBT' based strategies (e.g., goal setting, executive functioning strategies, embracing individual interests for enjoyment), mindfulness, and general evidence-based practice. Each element of therapy is overarched by a value of acceptance, compassion, and of embracing each individuals uniqueness.
It is vital that therapy is tailored to individual needs, personalities, circumstances, and current issues. Therefore, it is important that as the client, that you choose the pace and frequency of therapy, the focus, and the general direction at the beginning of the session, so that you get the most out of the process as possible.
You can change your goals at any point. During the course of therapy, you will be given practical tools to use to help achieve your goals outside of sessions.
At the end of each session, it is encouraged that you enagage in a self-care activity such as going for walk, having a tea/coffee and cake, listening to music, or even booking in for a massage. This is because sometimes therapy can 'stir things up' whereby self-care will help you process thoughts and feelings in a safer, gentler manner. Active self-care is also an important part of overall general well-being and resilience.
During the course of therapy, it is important to 'check in' and to discuss how you are experiencing therapy, the therapuetic dynamic, symptom changes, goals, and general changes. It is good to let myself as the therapist know what 'is working' and what 'might not be working' and whether there are any other apsects in your life that you would like to focus on.
Throughout the entire therapeutic process, you will always be treated with a non-judgmental approach, respect, openness, and presence.